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In the country of the car why would you take the train? Because it's a train!!

We decided to take a weeks vacation in Santa Barbara and wanted to do something different. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Beautiful trip and fantastic helpful conductors and staff.

We so enjoyed our trip down to Carlsbad on Thursday, our CA coast is so beautiful. We spread out a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kathy Z
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The Pacific Surfliner travels 351 miles through a six-county coastal region in Southern California. Amenities include power outlets, free WiFi, comfortable seats, a cafe car, bike racks, onboard restrooms and more. Complimentary snacks, drinks and newspapers are available in Business Class. The route offers breathtaking views of the ocean, beaches, rolling hills and canyons. Station stops include: San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Surf, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, and San Diego.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We decided to take a weeks vacation in Santa Barbara and wanted to do something different. The drive from Tustin across the LA basin is something to be endured, but hardly ever enjoyed. So, we thought, its vacation, why not take the train? So we...More

Thank 367john
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We so enjoyed our trip down to Carlsbad on Thursday, our CA coast is so beautiful. We spread out a bit but all the conductors were so concerned that we would be able to sit together. The Friday night return to Anaheim was another story,...More

Thank Kathy Z
Reviewed 12 October 2017

San Diego to Santa Barbara, this is the most peaceful and enjoyable ride , no traffic to deal with. Enjoy rideshare when arriving or just go for a walk. Lots to see at all stops.

1  Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We used the amtrak to go from SD to Anaheim, and then Anaheim to LA. This was the most convenient way we could find. The view on the way to Anaheim is beautiful - lots of ocean scenery and beach towns! The train itself is...More

Thank Kari A
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Went for a Romantic trip up to the wine country with my wife. We left from San Juan Capistrano on a Thursday Afternoon. The trip up was amazing. We had almost no one on the train and a very relaxing ride which made our trip...More

1  Thank TimmyGUSA
Reviewed 23 September 2017

A nice and relaxing way to get to Los Angeles from San Diego. Consider purchasing the business class ticket as the experience is much nicer and not much more expensive. They offer free snacks and you have a little more space. The views are about...More

Thank Sunny S
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This is a relatively easy process. Logon to the Amtrak website. Enter the dates that you want to start off and return along with the stations of departure & return. The system then gives you a list of available trains. You can decide whether you...More

1  Thank care558
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Our family of four took the Amtrak from the LA area to San Diego over Labor Day weekend. We bought regular seats and when we first got on, we couldn't find any seats so we stood until the next stop when more people got off....More

1  Thank Gahan
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Awesome scenic ride. A MUST try for anyone who's in love with the ocean.. Saw a school of dolphins(around 12-15) enjoying in the ocean.. on the ride as well.. this was my first train ride in the country and loved every bit of it..

Thank Garima S
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We had a very enjoyable journey on the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego to Los Angeles, we purchased business class seats, the service was friendly and fun, one of the ticket conductors would sing information over the public address system occasionally when approaching a stop...More

1  Thank Tony N
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Jean C
21 September 2017|
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Response from Kriss G | Property representative |
Hi Jean, no, normally you do not need to change trains. There are 5 trains each day that travel from Ventura down to San Diego. You will love the ocean views!
28 May 2017|
Response from esethebomb | Reviewed this property |
OK, I have good insight on this. I assume your traveling from a foreign country due to the fact you stated you had to go through immigration. So I will try to answer your the question the best I can from my experience... More
24 May 2017|
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Response from Rod A | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. 1) Doesn't matter direction you go. What matters most is what side of the train you sit on (port or starboard side) depending on direction of travel. Just know that if you are on the starboard (right) side of... More